Monday, June 21, 2010

soak up the sun

Then followed that beautiful season...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Educator and Poet
Today is the first day of summer...the summer solstice...which is Latin for "sun standing still."  In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the longest day of the year as the Earth tilts on its axis toward the sun.  Ancient people believed today was a day of power...a perfect day to celebrate love, nature, and the triumph of light over darkness.  What a perfect day to create celebration in your home!  How about bringing in some extra light in your home by pulling open the windows...or better yet get outside and get some rays...just remember the sunscreen!  Bring in bouquets of flowers and place them around where they will catch your eye.  Play some music that inspires you and paint something the bright color of the sun.  Here are sunny yellows that you might want to try:

Benjamin Moore:  Light Yellow (2022-60), Sundance (2022-50), Sunny Days (172), York Harbor Yellow (HC-4).  Sherwin Williams: Optimistic Yellow (SW6900) and Glad Yellow (SW6694)...loving those happy names!  Farrow & Ball has two:  Ciara Yellow and Dayroom Yellow.  These yellows act wonderfully as an accent color...but if you must go really bold, try it in an entire room.  Send photos...would love to see how you celebrate this day of light!

Try my favorite Sangria recipe and invite your friends over for a warm summer night soiree!  Happy Summer!